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Catching Up with Heidi Jeub

An ACL Alumni Update

Arts and Cultural Leadership alum and artist Heidi Jeub has been busy developing projects and taking advantage of opportunities to expand her artistic footprint.

Spreading Community Art

This past year Jeub was awarded the Arts-Based Community Development Grant with Five Wings Arts Council in partnership with Sprout Minnesota, where she will be creating a public art installation in spring 2020 called Stories Around Food.

Flyer for Remote, Heidi Jeub's art exhibit

The City of Little Falls, Five Wings Arts Council, and Sprout MN received a grant for an OurTown project, for which she is designated as the Creative Community Coordinator. For 14 months, she will facilitate collaborative events between arts organizations, nonprofits, local government, artists, and food-related entities. 

Jeub was accepted into the National Arts Strategies (NAS) Creative Community Fellowship cohort, where she will dive into the organizational aspects of her work with communities. According to the NAS website, “the leaders selected to this cohort possess inspiring visions to create stronger and more inclusive communities through arts and culture.”

She is also working on a project plan with North Minneapolis storyteller and multidisciplinary artist Beverly Cottman and the Capri Theater, which her great-grandfather, Herman Jeub, built in the 1920s. They are planning a research project on the stories around the Capri using bricks that she acquired during the building’s expansion. 

And finally, Jeub’s exhibit, "Remote: An Abstract View of Rural Flight," is a collection of new paintings inspired by her research as an ACL student (see flyer). 

Going Mobile

A woman and girl drawing at a table in front of the Tiny School of Art and Design truck

In the summer of 2019, Jeub was one of four artists selected to create an “art cart” for the Sprout Mobile Market Initiative, funded by the McKnight Foundation. Each artist received funds to build their vision for a traveling art studio: Jeub named hers the Tiny School of Art & Design (with the tag line Building Community Through the Foundations of Art). The 14' by 8.5' trailer, looking more like a tiny house on wheels, carries art materials and studio furniture to neighborhoods that lack access to arts activities.

The purpose of the Tiny School of Art & Design is to build community through the foundations of art. Her programs tap into the simple concepts of art and design, such as line, color, shape, and form (elements of art) or harmony, balance, emphasis, and movement (principles of design).

Jeub is interested in partnering with host organizations and businesses to create customized experiences that specifically connect to the mission and vision of the organization and are also accessible to the people they serve. 

“With the mobile studio, art making is not just ‘make and take,’ but a literal vehicle for engaging community.”

Submitted by Heidi Jeub

 

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